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    Now that I have my Zeppelin, I needed a way to increase the altitude of my fighters. I know I could go out and buy some of those nifty telescopic rods, but I wanted something that utilized the materials I had on hand and that didn't require me to 3D print anything (I know, a departure from my usual methods!).

    I also wanted to be able to still use the standard bases and also I wanted a solution that didn't require any alterations to a standard aircraft (ie no drilling, no magnets etc).

    Scuffling around in my hobby stash turned up plastic tubing of two suitable diameters (6.43mm and 4.86mm) with the smaller tube being a nice push fit inside the larger tube. Now we are cooking with gas!!

    With a bit of experimenting, I discovered that the standard pegs would be a nice tight fit into the medium size tubing and a standard peg would be able to be glued to the top of the smaller tubing and, as they were a firm fit, I would be able to adjust the altitude of the aircraft to suit.

    Hopefully the photos will be clearer than my words!!

    Here are the three sizes of tubing I looked at but I only used the lower two sizes. Make sure any cuts are at right angles, otherwise things will be a bit wonky, especially the pegs glued to the top of the smaller diameter tube - ask me how I know!

    I made each piece 95mm in length - nothing magic about that but I wanted to make 4 sets with the materials I had at hand. Of course just after I finished I discovered more of the same tubing in another box of stuff!!

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    The standard altitude pegs can be pushed inside the larger tubing (they are so tight, they don't need any glue) and another standard peg can be super-glued to the top of the smaller tube - notice that I got this one a bit off-square and it needed redoing!

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    I did experiment with one by sliding a piece of the larger tubing up to cover the join but decided that it really wasn't worth the extra effort. The altitude pegs aren't a constant diameter and so I had to ream the 'collar' out by hand for half its length with a 4.5mm twist drill to accommodate the altitude peg.

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    And here are a couple of action shots showing the completed project. I was thinking of painting the tubing a light blue but am a bit worried that the smaller tubing may not slide inside the larger tubing - I guess a trial with one will prove or disprove that theory.

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    Now I need to add another compartment to my Zeppelin storage box to accommodate these extended altitude pegs - it never ends does it
    Last edited by Biggles downunder; 09-22-2020 at 22:50.

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    Well done, proving the old adage acquisitions birth more acquisitions . . . this is when I discovered the dial altimeter on our fancy bases do not go high enough . . .

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    Silly thought maybe but would it be possible to make a gantry like arm on the base where the fighter can hang over the Zeppelin. That could enable a bombing run on the monster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baxter View Post
    Silly thought maybe but would it be possible to make a gantry like arm on the base where the fighter can hang over the Zeppelin. That could enable a bombing run on the monster.
    I could possibly use some longer tubing to elevate the aircraft higher for this purpose - I would have to be very careful with stability (or lack thereof) so maybe I need a bigger base as well - hm, back to the workshop! Where are Clipper's elves when I need them

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baxter View Post
    Silly thought maybe but would it be possible to make a gantry like arm on the base where the fighter can hang over the Zeppelin. That could enable a bombing run on the monster.
    Do I detect a mischievous glint in your eye as you suggest that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Windy Jack View Post
    Do I detect a mischievous glint in your eye as you suggest that?
    Not really. Check out LZ37 and note the type of plane that brought it down.

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    Interesting! Nice article!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biggles downunder View Post
    Now that I have my Zeppelin, I needed a way to increase the altitude of my fighters. I know I could go out and buy some of those nifty telescopic rods, but I wanted something that utilized the materials I had on hand and that didn't require me to 3D print anything (I know, a departure from my usual methods!).

    I also wanted to be able to still use the standard bases and also I wanted a solution that didn't require any alterations to a standard aircraft (ie no drilling, no magnets etc).

    Scuffling around in my hobby stash turned up plastic tubing of two suitable diameters (6.43mm and 4.86mm) with the smaller tube being a nice push fit inside the larger tube. Now we are cooking with gas!!

    With a bit of experimenting, I discovered that the standard pegs would be a nice tight fit into the medium size tubing and a standard peg would be able to be glued to the top of the smaller tubing and, as they were a firm fit, I would be able to adjust the altitude of the aircraft to suit.

    Hopefully the photos will be clearer than my words!!

    Here are the three sizes of tubing I looked at but I only used the lower two sizes. Make sure any cuts are at right angles, otherwise things will be a bit wonky, especially the pegs glued to the top of the smaller diameter tube - ask me how I know!

    I made each piece 95mm in length - nothing magic about that but I wanted to make 4 sets with the materials I had at hand. Of course just after I finished I discovered more of the same tubing in another box of stuff!!

    Click image for larger version. 

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    The standard altitude pegs can be pushed inside the larger tubing (they are so tight, they don't need any glue) and another standard peg can be super-glued to the top of the smaller tube - notice that I got this one a bit off-square and it needed redoing!

    Click image for larger version. 

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    I did experiment with one by sliding a piece of the larger tubing up to cover the join but decided that it really wasn't worth the extra effort. The altitude pegs aren't a constant diameter and so I had to ream the 'collar' out by hand for half its length with a 4.5mm twist drill to accommodate the altitude peg.

    Click image for larger version. 

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    And here are a couple of action shots showing the completed project. I was thinking of painting the tubing a light blue but am a bit worried that the smaller tubing may not slide inside the larger tubing - I guess a trial with one will prove or disprove that theory.

    Click image for larger version. 

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    Click image for larger version. 

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    Now I need to add another compartment to my Zeppelin storage box to accommodate these extended altitude pegs - it never ends does it
    Hello Wayne; I am just now seeing this altitude tubing post. I see the sizes of tubing and am wondering where something like that is obtained. Did you come by it in a store or was it ordered?



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